Reading skills like fluency and comprehension make up some of the basic building blocks of learning. That is why it is so important for students to continue reading throughout the summer break to prevent learning loss. We’ve put together a list of five fun ways to encourage your kids to read this summer. Check them out below.
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1. Turn on subtitles to favorite television shows and movies.
Your child doesn’t have to rely solely on books to practice their reading skills. Something as simple as turning on the closed captioning on your favorite TV shows and movies can be a fun and easy way to help your kids read. The combination of hearing and reading words and seeing how they’re used in context can increase vocabulary, word recognition, and reading speed. So, on your next viewing of Frozen or Coco, make sure the captions are on and read along to the movie!
2. Make reading active by acting in a play.
Reading aloud can improve kids’ word pronunciation, focus, and listening skills. You can make this an interactive family activity by putting on your own Broadway show at home and letting your inner thespians shine. There are tons of websites with free scripts – check some out here and here.
3. Start a book club with friends and family.
Reading the same book as a friend or family member can help motivate anyone to read and finish a book. Start a family book club with your kids or encourage them to start one with their friends. Book clubs are a great way to help boost kids’ reading comprehension and their communication and social skills. Check out this website for tips on how to start a book club for kids.
4. Create art pieces inspired by books.
Is your child a natural artist? Do they love creating things with their hands? This tip is an innovative and creative way to combine reading and the arts and tap into your child’s creativity. Encourage your child to read a new book or re-read one of their favorites and create an art piece, like a diorama, drawing, or painting, based on a moment in the book.
5. Play Mad Libs!
Mad Libs is a word game where players fill in the blanks to create a funny story that they then have to read aloud. Many of us have fond memories of playing this in our youth. It’s still a fun and humorous way to help teach kids about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. It also helps kids practice their grammar and reading comprehension. You can find some free Mad Libs-like printable sheets online, and you can download the family-friendly Mad Libs app and play on your phone.
Want more activities? Check our list of summer learning activities here.